The Kogi chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. James Faleke, Senator Dino Melaye, others have all reacted to the alleged double voter registration of Kogi governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello and have all said he should resign immediately.
The PDP said it had been justified and vindicated that the governor acted illegally and should be made to face the wrath of the law.
â€œDouble registration is an offence under our laws and we are happy that INEC is doing the needful now. Bello doesnâ€™t know the law and unfortunately he has surrounded himself with amateurs. If not, ordinarily, his Attorney General should have been able to advise him that double registration is an offence.
â€œDefinitely, he cannot be in contention in the next election. INEC declared that for immunity, they should have gone ahead with his prosecution. Donâ€™t worry, we are going ahead dusting our books and our legal department is up to the task and when we get to the bridge, we will tell him where he belongs.
â€œNormally, he wasnâ€™t an elected governor; nobody voted for him actually. His coming was an aberration and we have always hammered on that and now that people are saying he should step aside, he should obey the clarion call of the people of Kogi State,â€ the opposition party said.
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Also speaking, James Faleke, who commended INEC for standing firm, asked the governor to resign with immediate effect.
He said: â€œIt is unfortunate that the offender himself is not remorseful and has succeeded in making three INEC officials to lose their jobs. It will serve as a deterrent to others. I sympathise with the families of the INEC staff just as I sympathise with all Kogites for suffering the senseless rulership of Yahaya Bello.
â€œThis is a shame to our state. It is a shame to Kogi. In the history of Nigeria, this is the first time the illegality by a governor is affecting an ordinary citizen. My advice to Bello is for him to resign honourably.â€
Dino Melaye, in his reaction through his Special Assistant on Media, Gideon Ayodele, also said the governor ought to have resigned based on the verdict of INEC.
â€œWere it to be a civilised society where leaders respect themselves and the people and where there is value, I think the best thing is for him to resign honourably but you know our society is such that they will always believe they can have their ways by maintaining the immunity believing that after the expiration of his tenure in office he will find a way of escaping the wrath of the law.
â€œOur leaders lack integrity. After the illegality has been confirmed and sack of three INEC officials involved, he has succeeded in putting the affected INEC officials back in to the labour market. There is nothing better than for him to honourably resign,â€ the senator said.
The Executive Director, Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, Idris Miliki, said: â€œIt is most disappointing that this is the first governor in the history of Nigeria to have perpetrated such illegality and criminality.â€™â€™ It is regrettable and an embarrassment to the people of Kogi State. We call on him to apologise to usâ€.
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